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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/28/2013
Feinstein: Here's what this man did. By his own admission, he came to Booz Allen to be a contractor -- Crowley: you meant Snowden? Feinstein: I meant Snowden. With the purpose of going in there and taking as much material as he possibly could. He took much more than I could possibly think he could. It's very sensitive data. And then he went and strategically placed it so that it could come out at different times. Then he went
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 07/28/2013
Feinstein continued: to two big-cyber intruding powers, China and Russia, and left china and went to Russia. You've got to ask why did he choose those two? You've got to also ask, do the Chinese have all this material? Do the Russians have it? Crowley: do we know? Feinstein: we don't know. Crowley: oh, okay. Feinstein: so it's a very serious situation.
Justin Amash
Member, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
CNNW 08/18/2013
Crowley : That's how they found out about all of this about the mistakes that were made. Isn't that a sign actually that the system is working? That they looked and said holy cow, we really messed up on this and we messed up on that? Amash: No the system is not working. Americans were told by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee that there were zero privacy violations and we know that's not true. Americans were assured by the president and others that the FISA court had significant oversight, and we've heard from the chief judge of the FISA court who says that's not true.
Justin Amash
Member, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
CNNW 08/18/2013
Americans have been told that their records have not been collected, that they had no data collected by the Director of National Intelligence and we found out that wasn't true. It's important to understand that even if all of the procedures had been followed there would still be a government violation of peoples’ rights a government violation of people’s privacy under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution because the records of every American in the United States are being collected without any suspicion.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CNNW 08/03/2014
Brennan: it's just amazing. Nothing can be further from the truth. when the facts come out of this I think a lot of people who are claiming there has been a tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong. Crowley: That is CIA Director John Brennan in March saying his agency did not spy on intelligence committee staffers. Turns out yes, they did.
Angus King
Representative (I-ME), House Intelligence Committee
CNNW 08/03/2014
King: When we do oversight of these agencies, which by the way, nobody else really watches, we're the only one watching these guys, we've got to be able to rely upon what they tell us. if we can't trust – Crowley: So is an apology from John Brennan enough? King: -- the information they're giving us, how do you do oversight? Crowley: Absolutely, so how do you do oversight? go ahead. King: Yeah, I don't think an apology is enough. And particularly because this had happened several times before. I think we've really got to have some serious discussions with John Brennan, find out what he knew about this when he was making those statements, what he knew about it at the time. I'm not calling for his resignation, but I'm pretty skeptical right now, because it really has undermined the trust between the committee,
Angus King
Representative (I-ME), House Intelligence Committee
CNNW 08/03/2014
King: And if you go back to the report itself, candy, one of the key findings of the report is they weren't honest with us. They weren't honest with the Congress, they weren't honest with the President, the Secretary of State. They were misrepresenting this program and what it did and how effective it was, and you know, this is serious stuff. Again, because we're the only people that are overseeing this outfit, and if we can't trust what they're telling us, we got to talk seriously about what our other options are. Crowley: Well, so what are your other options? Because you have a director that either didn't know what was going on in his agency as it relates to the hacking into the computer system or he didn't tell the truth. so at some point, I mean, as you know, a number of our colleagues, republican and democrat, have called for his resignation. What is the alternative here?
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 08/03/2014
Rogers: I think it was wrong. Somebody needs to be held accountable. Crowley: Who is somebody? Should Brennan go? Rogers: We're going through the review. Somebody made a decision to do it but remember these weren't Senate computers. These were CIA computers at the CIA, so I think you have to take that into consideration when you're walking through. Crowley: We're kind of dancing on the head of a pin. Rogers: Well, no, in the sense it's a bit complicated but the story when briefed by the IG, it makes you stop and pause and say somebody needs to be held accountable, this is very serious but I don't think this is some conspiracy notion that they wanted to spy on either of our committees. That would of course be intolerable, I think it would be a crime. This somebody overstepped their bounds by trying to figure out what the coding was on who had access to CIA computers and CIA spaces, that's a little bit different than spying on congress, in my mind. still serious breach. it is a very serious breach of trust,
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 08/03/2014
Rogers: But I don't think this should be taken and extrapolated that every CIA officer out there is operating under this culture of lawlessness. As a matter of fact I argue they go the extra mile. they are absolutely concerned about making sure they follow the law especially when they're operating overseas and trying to do some really difficult work to keep America safe. Crowley: In the end, though, they're responsible for the actions of their employees. Rogers: Right.
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 08/03/2014
Crowley: think that in some ways, as you've heard, there have been democrats and republicans calling for the resignation of john Brennan at the CIA. Rogers: right. Crowley: Fairly or not, he's at the top, and the question here is, does the -- there's the NSA and all the things that it's been accused of doing, and sort of overstepping its bounds into the privacy of Americans. Now we have the CIA, and that they overstep their bounds, looking at the very committee that's supposed to be watching over the CIA and it gives you this impression that after 9/11 we just went way too far and that we have given up too much in exchange for the safety.
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